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Meet the Team

Huw

Huw

As Owner and Managing Director of the company I have a passion for travel. I have been working in the travel industry for over 30 years, at first in the Alps and the Med and now in our head office in Bournemouth. When you work in the travel industry, every day is different, with new challenges and adventures arising all the time.

Having visited Sicily many times over the last few years it was the natural choice for our next destination, I particularly enjoyed my trip in October 2015 when I was able to experience the cultural side of Sicily as well as the wonderful food and pretty towns. I can’t wait to go back…
Alison

Alison

After founding the company with my husband Huw in 2000, I found myself naturally marketing the company through my love and in depth knowledge of Sardinia and Corsica. This stemmed from living in Sardinia for a couple of years and visiting Corsica many times and wanting to expand the English market to these stunning Mediterranean islands.

We have subsequently also expanded our collection to include Sicily which I have now visited a couple of times and toured extensively to offer our customers suitable hotels, villas, apartments and rural retreats throughout the island.

I am involved in writing our brochures and websites, PR and marketing Just Sardinia, Just Corsica and Just Sicily.
Martin

Martin

I joined Just Sicily as Financial Controller in 2015 after spending nearly thirty years in similar positions in the Catering and Hospitality sector.

As a long-time admirer of the Italian culture and way of life and regular visitor to the mainland I am now enjoying discovering the beauty and laid back charm of both Sicily and Sardinia.
Mandy

Mandy

I joined the team at Just Sardinia almost 10 years ago working in the Accounts Department. I had previously worked in the banking industry for 22 years so enjoyed working with figures, I also love travelling abroad so working in the Accounts Department for a Tour Operator is the ideal job for me!

I have visited and stayed in many hotels in Sardinia, it is a beautiful island and it is really hard to choose which hotel to be my favourite as there are so many and all offer different qualities. I love the town of Alghero as you have the long beach, the marina and the town centre with lots of places to eat and drink not to mention the shops.

The hotel Su Gologone in the centre of Sardinia’s countryside is so unique, amazing food and charm, ideal for long walks in the surrounding countryside. The Lanthia is wonderful too with its lovely beach, a small boutique hotel which is close to the local town of Santa Maria Navarrese but my personal favourite has to be the Gabbiano Azzurro. It is located right on the beach in Golfo Aranci with stunning sea views from many of the rooms. The food is wonderful, the staff are very friendly and welcoming and it is also a short walk into the small town of Golfo Aranci. I like having the opportunity of being able to stroll into a nearby town for a coffee, lunch or just sitting outside a café with a glass of wine watching the world go by.

A couple of years ago we ventured into Sicily and Corsica, both beautiful Islands. Sicily for its history and archaeology not to mention the food and Corsica, so close to Sardinia, has an amazing coastline, mountains and pretty villages on the hillsides.
Debbie

Debbie

My time with the company began with me 'helping out' for 2 weeks, which was 15 years ago now. Over the years I have been lucky enough to see the company grow, meet some wonderful people, make some lifelong friends and visit Sardinia more times than I can remember.

My job role has evolved so much, from Administration and Reservations to my current and longest role as Operations Manager. I love dealing directly with our lovely suppliers in Sardinia, Sicily and Corsica as well as my involvement in the product development, our brochures, websites and marketing.

Having recently visited Sicily I am looking forward to getting to know the island better, I love how rich it is in history and culture yet it still has a beautiful coastline and a great selection of lovely beaches plus the food and wine are to die for!
Lucy

Lucy

I started here helping out over the summer 12 years ago, since then I have worked in Administration and Reservations and now am busy in our Marketing and Operations department which varies day to day, keeping in contact with our suppliers overseas, putting together our brochures and ensuring our websites are up to date.

I enjoy travelling with my family; my children are often, through their play, found to be in Italy or France on holiday!

Sicily is a beautiful island with stunning scenery, great food and lovely people.
Emma

Emma

I’ve been at Just Sardinia for the past 13 years and currently manage our Administration Department. I was delighted when we decided to add Sicily to our collection being another Italian island I felt it would suit our customers very well.

I spent a week in Sicily in October 2013 touring the majority of the island in warm sunshine and aside from the culture what impressed me beyond my expectations in Sicily was the food – some of the best I’ve ever had.

The Sicilian’s are incredibly passionate about sourcing the freshest local ingredients (a lot of hotels grow their own) and make the most spectacular flavours. You definitely need to diet after a holiday in Sicily!
Elaine

Elaine

I’ve been involved in the travel industry for the past 15 years and in the Reservations Department here for the last 10 years. I really value the in-depth knowledge of Sicily that I’ve acquired over the years and enjoy sharing this with anyone that will listen.

My favourite place on the island is Taormina and the area around it. It’s a great base to explore the northeast of the island with possible day trips to Mount Etna and the fertile countryside around it; to cultural Syracuse and even over to the volcanic Aeolian Islands. Taormina itself is a really beautiful town with a great choice of bars and restaurants, stylish shops and a roman amphitheatre which hosts frequent opera / concerts. There are fabulous views of the coast in one direction and Mount Etna in the other and it’s possible to get the cable car down to the pebble beaches.

My favourite place to stay here is Belmond Grand Hotel Timeo. It has the most wonderful position with amazing views of the coast and Mont Etna, is within easy walking distance of all Taormina’s amenities and even has a secret entrance to the Roman Amphitheatre behind it! The service is impeccable, the rooms are beautifully finished in a grand Sicilian style and if you fancy a day on the beach, a complimentary shuttle bus will take you down to the beach at sister hotel Belmont Villa Sant’Andrea where you can use their facilities.

I love eating in Sicily; the cuisine is more diverse than other places that I’ve been to in Italy with North African flavours influencing more traditional Italian dishes. The olive oil produced on the island is some of the most delicious I’ve ever tasted and the fresh fruits and veg that grow in the fertile volcanic earth and under the Sicilian sun are a world away from what I’m used to at home in the UK!
Aurora

Aurora

I am from Sicily and I started to work at Just Sardinia in April 2015, thinking that it would have been just a summer internship but now I know that those first 6 months were just the beginning. I started working in the Administration department before moving in to the Reservations department, ready to help you in choosing a holiday to Sicily.

My beloved island, so different both from Sardinia and Corsica, is full of contrasts: surprising views including green hills and blue sea; big cities and little old towns full of history; archaeological sites (how not to mention the Valley of the Temples in Agrigento) and nature reserves (Lo Zingaro, in the north west, or Mount Etna, the biggest active volcano in Europe, situated in the mid-east).

If you are looking for a city break, Palermo, where I come from, will surprise you. Just four places you cannot miss there: the impressive Cathedral, the stunning Teatro Massimo, the Arab-Norman itinerary (UNESCO heritage), which is the heart of the historical centre, and Mondello beach, just 15 minutes away from the city.

When I am in Sicily, I always try to have a walk around charming Cefalù, with its beautiful beach, Medieval Cathedral, its shops and good restaurants. But my favourite place ever is Taormina. Unique and romantic, overlooking Mount Etna, it is a place you will fall in love with, especially at sunset.

Last but not least, Sicily is famous for its food: fresh fruits, vegetables, fish, its delicious desserts (you cannot miss a taste of Cannoli or Cassata while you are there), the well renowned street-food in Palermo and excellent wines (just have a glass of white Insolia or red Sirah and Nero D’Avola).

Sicily has something to offer to everyone and I cannot wait to inspire you for your next holiday to my beloved island.
Viktoria

Viktoria

I’ve been working within the travel industry for more than 7 years and I am very pleased to have recently started working at Just Sicily as I’ve always had a strong interest in this island.

Sicily is rich in its history, culture, volcanoes and beautiful beaches. It has everything I could ask for – to dive in to the island’s history, enjoy relaxing days at the beach with a Caribbean-like waters, tasting food and getting in to the mood for adventure while exploring the areas near Mount Etna.

I am proud working in this company and will put all my efforts to satisfy all clients’ needs for their unforgettable holiday.
Kat

Kat

I have recently returned to the Just Sicily ‘family’ again since gaining some other travel industry experience and having my daughter.

My favourite things to do on holiday are boat trips and a visit to an agriturismo to sample some local cuisine and suckling pig. I recommend hiring a car and exploring the mountains and villages.

I am looking forward to learning more about Sicily and discovering the delights on offer.
Louise

Louise

Having spent years travelling the world working and exploring many different countries I am happy to be back in Europe and working for Just Sicily as their Resort Manager.

I have previously worked in Italy, in Tuscany and Naples where I was able to learn Italian, enjoy the amazing food and wine and explore the areas including the beautiful island of Elba.

I can’t wait to explore Sicily’s sights and culinary delights and share my new knowledge of the best bits to help others make the most of their time there.
Gemma

Gemma

I’m new to Just Sicily and started my training in March 2017.

I have worked in the travel industry for 12 years as cabin crew but after having my daughter I wanted to stay closer to home.

I haven’t been to Sicily yet but I’m really looking forward to learning about its fascinating history and culture whilst enjoying their delicious food and fine wines.
Our Resort Representatives

Our Resort Representatives

Our resort staff have been chosen for their wealth of local knowledge, expertise and love of the islands where they work and every year we get together for our annual training weekend when we can catch up with feedback from the summer and improve our service to our customers.

From left to right: Louise, Gianna, Colleen, Margaret, Bonita and Luca.

Louise: Having spent years travelling the world working and exploring many different countries Louise is now happy to be back in Europe and working for Just Sardinia as our Resort Manager.

Gianna: Lives in Ragusa in Sicily and is a valuable addition to the team bringing her vast knowledge and passion of the island of Sicily to the company. She is looking forward to welcoming more customers to her beautiful island.

Colleen: Looks after all our guests arriving into Alghero and as well as being the Rep for the accommodation in the north west of Sardinia, she is also our Wedding Co-ordinator.

Margaret: Has lived and worked in Sardinia for over 20 years and looks after customers arriving into Olbia airport as well as some of our hotels on the north east coast of Sardinia.

Bonita: After returning from living in New York several years ago, Bonita joined Just Sardinia and looks after the south of Sardinia and is always available for a chat about the local area.

Luca: Has been with Just Sardinia for over 13 years and as well as looking after our transfers on the north east coast of Sardinia, Luca looks after some of our accommodations and villas in the north of the island.
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